Our People

Irfan Awang - CEO

Irfan Awang

Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

A chemical engineer by profession, Irfan is very well-versed with chemical engineering. He worked as a process engineer in a large palm oil company for a couple of years and joined one of the Malaysia’s most reputable law firms, where he learned valuable intellectual property experience, helping clients in patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights, layout designs of integrated circuit, geographical indications and plant variety protections.

He has attended and conducted many international conferences, seminars as well as IP courses, including JPAA IP Practitioner Bangkok; the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) Southeast Asia Patent Drafting (SEAD) Course; the Japan Patent Office (JPO)/IPR for Practitioners, Specializing in Patent, and IP Innovation Special Program by Korean Patent Attorneys Association and jointly organized by University of California Davis and Seoul National University. He speaks frequently at seminars and workshops on the subject of patent practice, interpretation on patent claim, patent search, trademark, industrial design, copyright and other IP topics. He is also a panel judge for IP evaluation and business pitching sessions for numerous corporations, universities and research institutes.

Irfan’s advice on identification of patentable inventions, patent specification drafting, prosecution of Malaysian and overseas patent applications, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights, IP commercialization and enforcement, freedom-to-operate are very much sought after by clients and colleagues alike, playing a key role in clientele’s decision-making processes for product launches both in Malaysia and foreign markets.

Exceptionally knowledgeable, professional and approachable, Irfan is an avid reader and enjoys listening to music.

Qualifications & Affiliations
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons), University of Malaya
  • Registered Agent for Patent
  • Registered Agent for Trademark
  • Registered Agent for Industrial Design
  • Registered Agent for Geographical Indication
  • Registered Agent for Plant Varieties Protection
  • Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP)
  • Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA)
  • HRDC Certified Trainer
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS 2024-2026
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS 2019-2023
  • Associate Member, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Graduate Member, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
  • Graduate Member, the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM)
  • Honorary Treasurer, Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) 2021-2023
  • Honorary Treasurer, Innovation & Technology Managers Association (ITMA)

Patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights, layout designs of integrated circuit, geographical indication, plant variety protection.

Chemical engineering, chemistry, petroleum engineering, material science, mechanical engineering, nanotechnology, physics, environmental technology, separation technology, water treatment, telecommunication engineering, information technology, electrical and electronic engineering, confidentiality and privacy, local and international brand protection, licensing and franchising, anti-counterfeiting.

Hazeem Ibrahim

Hazeem Ibrahim

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Hazeem, with an accounting background, has been working as a senior executive for 12 years in a reputable airlines company. He has also worked in a Malaysian-based organization in Kuala Lumpur, which has since expanded and diversified its business across other major business sectors.

He is well-known for his expertise in corporate psychology, human sciences, professional grooming and business ethics.

Extremely people-oriented, he is endowed with the innate ability to bring and keep individuals working together in pursuit of a common goal. At patentsworth, one of the strongest attributes to his management style is getting things done effectively and efficiently, with all related parties concerned collaborating in full passion.

Nazreen Talib

Chief Talent Officer (CTO)

Nazreen has 15 years of vast experience in the aviation field, where she served as the leading officer for aircraft management, charter operation and marketing for various globally renowned airlines in Singapore and Malaysia.

Her areas of expertise include aviation safety, regulatory compliance, training programs, customer handling and hospitality. A true professional in image consultation and business ethics, working pro tempore / ad interim, she has enlivened patentsworth by enhancing the grooming and dressing style of our staff and instilling a strong sense of good hospitality.

She firmly believes that the major driving force behind a good operation and long-term development is quality, which is what she focuses upon at patentsworth. For her, quality operation is the only way to position the business relative to market development and price competitiveness among customers.